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Rare Bird Species Documentation Form


This form has been prepared to encourage full and detailed documentation of rare or unseasonal birds observed in Vermont. These reports represent a permanent record of the observation and should be as detailed as possible. New reports are reviewed annually by the VBRC, which evaluates records for their acceptability to future researchers and for inclusion in the official Vermont State Bird List.

Please use this online form only. We do not accept paper or emailed forms. Some may find it convenient to write the narratives first, and then cut and paste into the online form. Here is a PDF of the form fields with explanation for each to help facilitate this. A copy of the completed form will be automatically emailed to you upon submission. If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at gro.s1510947155eidut1510947155socet1510947155v@crb1510947155v1510947155.

Rare Bird Species Documentation Form

  • Marked fields are required.*
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  • Make, power, etc.
  • Photos, video, audio. Multiple files allowed. Maximum 20MB for each file.
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, gif, png, avi, mpg, mp4, mov, mp3, m4a, wav, wma.
  • Including associated bird species present.
  • Feeding actions, manner of flight, displays or interactions, reaction to observer.
  • Describe what you actually saw during the observation. We hope that observers will take field notes during the observation and before consulting field guides, etc. Attachments of copies of field sketches and notes are encouraged.
  • Crown, cheeks, eye, throat, nape.
  • Shape, color, length.
  • Shape, length, markings.
  • Shape, length, markings.
  • Was age or sex determined? Etc.